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What They Found When They Landed Had Them Calling For Help

New Zealand is a beautiful country with nice people and incredible views. So it's no surprise that they get millions of visitors every year. As nice as New Zealanders are however, not every visitor is welcome. Just ask this one slithering stow-away.

A snake managed to hitch a ride on a private jet coming from Brisbane, Australia. Workers at the Auckland Airport where the plane landed made the startling discovery and immediately called authorities.

It may not seem like a big deal, but New Zealand doesn't actually have any snakes in their country. That means that even one could have a huge impact on the ecosystem.

"We don't have a snake population in New Zealand. Biosecurity officials are doing their best to make sure it stays that way," said Craig Hughes from New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries.

Officials think the venomous visitor snuck on the plane by climbing into the plane's wheel house. The snake is believed to be the brown tree snake, which isn't poisonous to humans but is known for its climbing ability.

Brown Tree Snake
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It was the only snake aboard (apparently) and is sadly likely to be euthanized.

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